Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion
The more we know………the more we can do…….the more choices we have.
Promoting healthy choices!
The Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion degree places emphasis on understanding the health status challenges within our current culture and then setting about making a difference through proactive attention to wellness. The degree is best suited to students who are attracted to a discipline which promotes quality of life for all people by focusing on the whole individual, including the physical, psychological and emotional dimensions of wellness.
At a time when there is so much discussion about ‘how are we going to pay for health care’, and while other majors at the College address diagnosis and treatment, our academic model for this non-clinical focuses on preventing disease and promoting wellness, largely by assisting people with the lifestyle changes needed for a healthy mind, body, and psyche.
What is Health Promotion? Health promotion is the field that helps empower individuals and communities to take charge of their own health. Health Promotion can be viewed as an ‘umbrella field’ that encompasses health education, nutrition, disease prevention, environmental factors and wellness promotion with elements of exercise physiology, psychology, pharmacology, medicine and sociology, among others. The old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is a driving concept for health promotion. Health Promotion is ALL about ‘healthy lifestyles.’
Where Are Health Promotion graduates employed? Our graduates will be employed in a variety of settings such as workplace wellness programs, environmental health settings, public health settings, health/wellness organizations, local/state/federal government, and schools and colleges.
The Mission of the St. Catharine Health Promotion Program is to produce graduates who use their skills, knowledge, compassion and empathy to assist individuals and communities in achieving empowerment over their own and their community’s physical, mental and emotional health by improving lifestyle choices.
The St. Catharine College Health Promotion degree is designed to produce health care professionals who are capable of assessing the health of a population and
- determining what changes need to be made to improve the health of what population, how/when/where those changes would best be made, by whom should they be made
- once the design of the intended changes is in place, creating the program
- marketing the program to the intended population,
- conducting the program
- evaluating the program
An example of a comprehensive Health Promotion plan is “Healthy People 2020”, and the Kentucky companion book, “Healthy Kentuckians 2020”